French MAS MLE 49/56 7.5 French Semi-Auto Rifle w/Grenade Launcher C&R

SOLD FOR: $927

WOA#: WY240124WP006

Make: Manufacture d’Armes de Saint-Étienne (MAS), France

Model: MAS MLE 1949/56

Serial Number: G83647

Year of Manufacture: Late 1950s, arsenal refurbished in 1981

Caliber: 7.5x54mm (7.5 French)

Action Type: Semi-automatic, detachable 10 round magazine.

Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “G83647”, “MAS Mle 1949-56”, “CAL 7.5”, squared “P81” stamp, and a C.A.I. import stamp. The rear of the receiver is marked “G83647” and “E”. The top of the bolt carrier is marked “2-75”. The right side of the front sight base is marked “IMT”. The right side of the barrel is marked “16153”.

Barrel Length: 19.75”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is an adjustable post set between two protective ears. The base of the post is marked “1 2 3 4” on top. It can be rotated when the retaining pin is pushed down. The rear sight is an elevation adjustable escalator aperture sight marked from 2-12. A screw on the right side of the aperture housing can be turned to adjust the aperture for windage. The left side of the receiver has an integral scope base machined into it. The underside of the flip up grenade launcher sight is marked “100 / 75 / 50 / 120 A.P”.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The three-piece wood stock has a nylon charging handle, semi-pistol grip, finger grooves, barrel band with sling ring, sling well, sling bar, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate is worn at the heel and toe with scratches. There are compression marks, scuffs, and scratches throughout the wood. There is a thin crack on the right rear side of the buttstock that has been filled in. The underside of the buttstock has a few shallow gouges in the wood. There is a small chunk missing from the left side of the wrist. There is a very small chip in the front of the upper handguard. The LOP measures 12.75” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Good overall condition as arsenal refurbished.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: 1x 10 round detachable magazine in Good condition.

Type of Finish: Parkerized

Finish Originality: Original to arsenal refurbishment

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is light erosion in the bore.

In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates 8 out of 10.

Many military and C&R eligible weapons have bores that will show erosion. This is not only due to age but to the fact that corrosive primers were commonly used in ammunition worldwide. For example, the U.S. used corrosive ammunition throughout WWII. The U.S. military did not begin to phase out corrosive-primed ammunition until the 1950s.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 78% of its metal finish. There are scuffs and scratches throughout the metal surfaces. The sides of the receiver are thoroughly scuffed, albeit very lightly. The finish is almost completely gone from the gas block and there is pitting present. There is wear to the finish on the top edges and along the sides of the bolt carrier. Oxidation is present on the sides of the barrel band. There is wear along the edges of the magazine well. The screw heads show light use. The markings are mostly legible. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good condition as arsenal refurbished.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with a detachable ten round magazine and a leather sling.

Our Assessment: The MAS 49/56 was the final iteration of the MAS semi-automatic rifle series that began with the MAS 40. The 49/56 was a development on the earlier MAS 49, but with a shorter barrel that was fitted with the ability to fire rifle grenades. With nearly 300,000 made, the 49/56 would serve as the primary rifle of the French military from its introduction until being replaced by the FAMAS in the early 1980s. Nearly all of the 49/56s in the French inventory were surplused to the U.S. market in the 1990s.  This example was made in the late 1950s. It was arsenal refurbished in 1981, according to the stamp on the receiver, which is very common for these rifles. The stock has some wear to it, though there is a crack on the right side of the buttstock that was filled in, possibly when the rifle was refurbished. The metal retains a lot of its finish, though the finish is almost completely gone from the gas block and pitting is present. The bore is bright with light erosion and the rifling is sharp which should make for a good shooter. This rifle comes with its 10 round detachable magazine and a leather sling. This would fit into any French or Cold War collection. Please see our photos.


French MAS MLE 49/56 7.5 French Semi-Auto Rifle w/Grenade Launcher C&R
French MAS MLE 49/56 7.5 French Semi-Auto Rifle w/Grenade Launcher C&R